Beach dog ban ‘a success’

The annual summer dog ban on Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton beach has been hailed a success by wardens with just 10 fixed penalty notices issued since May.

East Devon District Council’s environmental health officers and dog wardens had stepped up summer patrols this year to ensure that most dog owners paid attention to the dog ban areas.

There were also cordoned areas in Seaton, Beer and Sidmouth.A few warnings have been handed out to dog walkers who had inadvertently strayed into banned areas, and just 10 fixed penalty notices have been served this summer and the majority of these have been for dog fouling.

An EDDC spokesman said: “We still have many areas where dogs are welcome and visitors who are unsure about where they may take their dogs onto the beach are strongly advised to check the signs or our website - http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/dog_ban_area - before taking their dogs onto the beach. We are always happy to give advice to holiday-makers with dogs about the best areas to visit.”

He added that regular patrols will continue throughout the year and residents are reminded that all year round it is an offence to fail to pick up after your dog.